Healthy Lives Families Update - fussy eaters, mini london marathon, wellbeing tips and talking therapies!

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The Healthy Lives Team Families update contains helpful information and activities for your whole school community


This is the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Friday we share relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing.

The HEALTHY LIVES TEAM supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters.

fussy eaters

Childhood Fussy Eating Behaviours

Most children, at some point, go through phases of fussy eating and refusing to try new foods. This ‘Common Fussy Eating’  can cause stress for parents however, most children grow out of this phase without experiencing any nutritional or growth-related ill effects. It is normal for children like something on one day but dislike it the next. Because of these daily fluctuations, it is more helpful to think about what they eat over a week, rather than in a day.

Common fussy eaters may prefer a narrow range of foods, but they are eating some from each main food group: 1) Fruit and Vegetables, 2) Starchy carbohydrates, 3) Milk and Dairy products/alternatives and 4) protein foods.

If your child is active, they are growing normally and seem well, they are most likely getting enough to eat. Children’s tastes change over time and thus, it is important to keep offering a variety of foods; it may take several attempts before your child accepts new foods.

Helpful information for parents >


New TCS Mini London Marathon

For the first time London Marathon Events will be holding a one-mile and 2.6km event for children on Saturday 1st October 2022, the day before the world famous TCS London Marathon.  Every child who finishes will receive a special TCS Mini London Marathon medal and schools will receive £10 per finisher to spend on PE or IT equipment.  Taking place in Westminster, the event is for all ages and abilities, from Reception to Year 12 and children will have the opportunity to cross the London Marathon Finish Line.  Places are free but limited. 

Register here >


Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of steps that any of us can take to improve upon our wellbeing:

  • connect - with the people around you, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
  • be active - go for a walk or a run, garden, play a game
  • take notice - be curious and aware of the world around you
  • keep learning - try a new recipe, learn a new language, set yourself a challenge
  • give - do something nice for somebody, volunteer, join a community group.

Mental health issues are very common, affecting about 1 in every 4 people in Britain in any given year. Mental health problems can range from very common disorders such as depression and anxiety, to severe problems such as psychosis. Generally, if you are concerned about your mental health you should see your GP for advice and treatment. 

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis – you can call 0207 771 5807.  The mental health crisis line is available 24 hours a day and callers will be given support and advice from mental health professionals. 

 Five Ways to Wellbeing >


Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies

Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies offers support specifically for individuals who are pregnant as well as those with a baby under the age of one:

  • Monthly Parent wellbeing webinar which aims to explore common difficulties experienced in early parenthood and how to adjust to them while developing a secure attachment with your baby. The next session will be on the 21st September at 11am.  
  • Raising Happy Babies group : This group has 6 sessions and aims to help first time mums with a baby under the age of on to learn about emotional development/bonding. You will also learn how to adjust to the transition of life with a new baby and looking after yourself as a new mum.
  • Baby Steps webinars: If you are pregnant or have a child up to the age of 1, the baby steps webinars are available for both new mums and dads!  Each webinar is focused on a different topic: Communication , parent wellbeing, sleep,  thinking errors, worry, low mood and Fatherhood & wellbeing.

To get access to the Raising Happy Babies group, Baby Steps webinars or 1:1 support,  you can refer to Talking Therapies online or call 020 8475 8080.

Parent wellbeing webinar >

Online referral >

And remember...


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."


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The Healthy Lives Team

The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible.

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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